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U.S. Food Exporter Helps West African Farmers Get The Grain Fonio To Market

May 19, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
Brooklyn’s Yolélé Foods, which imports the sub-Saharan African grain fonio, is working with SOS Sahel to help farmers in the semi-arid region increase their productivity, improve the supply chain, and in turn enhance their livelihood. The farmers cultivate nutritious fonio – gluten-free, high in protein, iron, and fiber – on land that is sandy, rocky, and generally unfriendly to most crops, hard to process  without good equipment, and saddled with a fragmented supply chain. It’s difficult if not impossible to bring substantial quantities to the marketplace. But Yolélé Foods and SOS Sahel have spearheaded the creation of the first industrial scale mill in Dakar (Senegal) to efficiently process the grain and boost supply. "People should expect to find it on store shelves within the year," says a spokesman for Yolélé Foods. [Image Credit: © Yolélé Foods Inc.]
"Fonio: The most nutritious grain you've probably never heard of", The Boston Globe, May 19, 2019, © Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC
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